City speed limits likely to be lowered

On August 18, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
Somerville drivers may be slowing down a bit now that legislation allowing municipalities to set their own speed limits has been passed. ~Photo by Bobbie Toner

Somerville drivers may be slowing down a bit now that legislation allowing municipalities to set their own speed limits has been passed. — Photo by Bobbie Toner

By Joe Ruvido

After nearly a decade of rebuffed attempts, cities and towns in Massachusetts will be allowed to set their own default speed limits.

Representative Denise Provost of Somerville successfully submitted an amendment to the Municipal Modernization Bill (H.4565) allowing communities to lower the default speed limit in their jurisdictions, rather than relying on the submission of a home-rule petition for the change.

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Somerville High School to launch Enroot partnership

On August 17, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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By Louise Carpenter

A new partnership with Enroot (formerly Cambridge Community Services’ City Links program) starting in the fall of 2016 will offer a group of Somerville High School English Language Learner (ELL) students a chance to build leadership skills and gain critical life skills through participation in a program designed to “empower immigrant youth to achieve academic, career and personal success through out-of-school experiences.”

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Igniting Union Square

On August 17, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
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~Photos by Kevin Dickinson

The latest ArtsUnion event, Ignite, an evening of international eats, fire throwers, roving entertainment and a raucous celebration of global culture took place on Saturday in Union Square.

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Somerville residents got a chance to meet with members of the Condo Review Board last week and express their views on possible enforcement of the rules for condominium conversion. ~Photos by Donald Norton

Somerville residents got a chance to meet with members of the Condo Review Board last week and express their views on possible enforcement of the rules for condominium conversion. ~Photos by Donald Norton

By Amy Swain

A special meeting of the Condo Review Board was held last Thursday. Somerville residents as well as interested parties gathered in the conference room of the Visiting Nurses Association. Renters, owners, real estate agents and developers filled the room; any empty space was filled with tension. The subject of the meeting was notification requirements under the Somerville Condominium Conversion ordinance – the argument was, should they enforce it?

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Possible lawsuit to be filed over ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner

On August 17, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
Mayor Curtatone received a letter informing him that a group of dissatisfied individuals are contemplating legal action unless the “Black Lives Matter” banner is taken down from City Hall.

Mayor Curtatone received a letter informing him that a group of dissatisfied individuals are contemplating legal action unless the “Black Lives Matter” banner is taken down from City Hall.

By Jim Clark

A letter addressed to Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone has warned that a group of concerned individuals are preparing to take legal action if the “Black Lives Matter” banner currently on display on the exterior of City Hall is not removed.

The letter was sent by a man identifying himself as Nader M. Kashani, a 25-year-old student currently residing in Los Angeles, CA.

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Newstalk – August 17

On August 17, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

This week, Dilboy Stadium on the Alewife is once again hosting the 5th Annual Fight Night at Dilboy, Friday evening, August 19. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. First bout at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth. Children under 12 are free with a paid adult admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Somerville Boxing Club, 11 Otis Street, or at the door the night of the event. Rain date August 20.

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Four banners over Somerville

On August 17, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times
The “All Lives Matter” banner at the American Legion Post 19. ~Photos by Donald Norton

The “All Lives Matter” banner at the American Legion Post 19. — Photos by Donald Norton

By Donald Norton

American Legion Post 19 on Highland Avenue recently put up a new banner proclaiming “All Lives Matter” in response to the city’s “Black Lives Matter” banner that has been displayed outside City Hall for several months.

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Our View of the Times – August 17

On August 17, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Who can honestly say that they don’t have a special place in their heart for warm summer days where lingering in the sun, soaking it in, makes up for all the icy months we suffer through off-season?

Still, there are times when the heat gets a little too intense for our liking and for our health and wellbeing – such as we’ve experienced this past week or so.

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The Somerville Times Historical Fact of the Week – August 17

On August 17, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Eagle Feathers #110 – An Engineering Family

By Bob (Monty) Doherty

Colonel Loammi Baldwin was certainly a father of engineering. He is known as the father of American Civil Engineering for no small reason. He raised five sons who followed him down that chosen path as they tried to emulate their father’s accomplishments.

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Letter to the Editor – August 17

On August 17, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries and letters to the Editor of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

To the Editor:

Each day I go to my office, I drive through East Cambridge and East Somerville. Both neighborhoods have changed, in some ways quite dramatically. East Cambridge has grown into a hotspot for new economy businesses and life sciences, and there has been an enormous increase in new apartment units. East Somerville’s Lower Broadway boasts one of the most eclectic, funky areas in all of Greater Boston. And yet, both neighborhoods retain a welcoming, familiar feel.

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